The Truth About Cars » art car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:54:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » art car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com A Primer On Houston SLAB Culture http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/a-primer-on-houston-slab-culture/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/a-primer-on-houston-slab-culture/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:55:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=794826 This well-traveled Houstonian thinks his town is Pistonhead Nirvana, proven every month via fanboi scale and diversity at Cars and Coffee gatherings.  Or with every 1000+hp racer on at Texas2k, every shoestring budget’d LeMons racer and Art Car fanatic: it’s all here. Except there’s nothing like Houston SLAB culture. A confession: I know automotive subcultures, […]

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This well-traveled Houstonian thinks his town is Pistonhead Nirvana, proven every month via fanboi scale and diversity at Cars and Coffee gatherings.  Or with every 1000+hp racer on at Texas2k, every shoestring budget’d LeMons racer and Art Car fanatic: it’s all here. Except there’s nothing like Houston SLAB culture. A confession: I know automotive subcultures, […]

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Vellum Venom Vignette: Art and Design at The 24 Hours of LeMons 2013 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/vellum-venom-vignette-art-and-design-at-the-24-hours-of-lemons-2013/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/vellum-venom-vignette-art-and-design-at-the-24-hours-of-lemons-2013/#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:50:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=631010 My worst moment at the College for Creative Studies was during Portfolio Review: a presentation of one’s body of work since the beginning of the semester.  So it comes as no surprise that my favorite parts of a LeMons race is judging the artistic(?) themes of the cheaty $500 race cars in attendance.  Let’s combine […]

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My worst moment at the College for Creative Studies was during Portfolio Review: a presentation of one’s body of work since the beginning of the semester.  So it comes as no surprise that my favorite parts of a LeMons race is judging the artistic(?) themes of the cheaty $500 race cars in attendance.  Let’s combine […]

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Junkyard Find: 1987 Volvo 740 Turbo Art Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/junkyard-find-1987-volvo-740-turbo-art-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/junkyard-find-1987-volvo-740-turbo-art-car/#comments Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491436 Since I’ve built (and daily-driven) what I consider to be an art car, I’m not against the concept of an art car. The problem is that you get 100 random-beater-with-army-men-hot-glued-all-over art cars for every brilliant Sashimi Tabernacle Choir. Because affixing random crap all over a cheap car is an accepted route to a certain segment […]

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Since I’ve built (and daily-driven) what I consider to be an art car, I’m not against the concept of an art car. The problem is that you get 100 random-beater-with-army-men-hot-glued-all-over art cars for every brilliant Sashimi Tabernacle Choir. Because affixing random crap all over a cheap car is an accepted route to a certain segment […]

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Junkyard Find: 1985 Toyota Master Ace Art Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/junkyard-find-1985-toyota-master-ace-art-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/junkyard-find-1985-toyota-master-ace-art-car/#comments Sun, 09 Sep 2012 13:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459486 If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and you need something to drive to Burning Man, you’ll find that the glue-a-bunch-of-stuff-all-over-a-random-vehicle art-car approach will let your ride fit in just as effortlessly on the playa as the soccer mom’s Voyager blends in at the mall parking lot. I’m not against art cars (I […]

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If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and you need something to drive to Burning Man, you’ll find that the glue-a-bunch-of-stuff-all-over-a-random-vehicle art-car approach will let your ride fit in just as effortlessly on the playa as the soccer mom’s Voyager blends in at the mall parking lot. I’m not against art cars (I […]

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Once-Famous Mustang Art Car Falls On Hard Times, Faces Crusher http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/once-famous-mustang-art-car-falls-on-hard-times-faces-crusher/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/once-famous-mustang-art-car-falls-on-hard-times-faces-crusher/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2011 18:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=421564 After judging at the Arse Freeze-a-Palooza 24 Hours of LeMons near Bakersfield, I headed north to visit my family in the San Francisco Bay Area before heading back to Denver. Naturally, I had to stop by at least one junkyard, and— small world!— I ran into a car that looked very familiar. Yes, this is […]

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After judging at the Arse Freeze-a-Palooza 24 Hours of LeMons near Bakersfield, I headed north to visit my family in the San Francisco Bay Area before heading back to Denver. Naturally, I had to stop by at least one junkyard, and— small world!— I ran into a car that looked very familiar. Yes, this is […]

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1965 Impala Hell Project, Part 17: Crash Diet, Frying Tires at the Dragstrip http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/1965-impala-hell-project-part-17-crash-diet-frying-tires-at-the-dragstrip/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/1965-impala-hell-project-part-17-crash-diet-frying-tires-at-the-dragstrip/#comments Thu, 03 Nov 2011 18:30:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416276 After dropping the hopped-up 406 small-block I’d built from scratch in place of the worn-out 350 I’d swapped in 1990, I was geared up to take the car to the dragstrip and see if I could better the high-16-second ETs I’d managed in Atlanta; an important part of this process involved stripping a lot of […]

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After dropping the hopped-up 406 small-block I’d built from scratch in place of the worn-out 350 I’d swapped in 1990, I was geared up to take the car to the dragstrip and see if I could better the high-16-second ETs I’d managed in Atlanta; an important part of this process involved stripping a lot of […]

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1965 Impala Hell Project Part 2: The Modifications Begin http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/1965-impala-hell-project-part-2-the-modifications-begin/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/1965-impala-hell-project-part-2-the-modifications-begin/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2011 20:45:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397067 In Part 1 of this series, I described the purchase of a 1965 Chevrolet Impala in early 1990, for use as the raw material in a complex performance/installation art piece. Within a single day of taking ownership of the car, I began the process of modifying it to suit my artistic vision. In harsh daylight, […]

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In Part 1 of this series, I described the purchase of a 1965 Chevrolet Impala in early 1990, for use as the raw material in a complex performance/installation art piece. Within a single day of taking ownership of the car, I began the process of modifying it to suit my artistic vision. In harsh daylight, […]

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1965 Impala Hell Project Part 1: So It Begins http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/1965-impala-hell-project-part-1-so-it-begins/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/1965-impala-hell-project-part-1-so-it-begins/#comments Fri, 27 May 2011 01:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=396134 As I explained in the introduction to this series last week, I’m finally tackling the story of the most significant car I’ve ever owned. This ’65 Impala went through ten years, 100,000 miles, and many conceptual shifts during its time with me, but it all started out as my attempt to make an art car […]

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As I explained in the introduction to this series last week, I’m finally tackling the story of the most significant car I’ve ever owned. This ’65 Impala went through ten years, 100,000 miles, and many conceptual shifts during its time with me, but it all started out as my attempt to make an art car […]

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Art Car to Daily Driver to Drag Racer: 10 Years of My 1965 Impala Hell Project http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/art-car-to-daily-driver-to-drag-racer-10-years-of-my-1965-impala-hell-project/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/art-car-to-daily-driver-to-drag-racer-10-years-of-my-1965-impala-hell-project/#comments Thu, 19 May 2011 21:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395412 I put in four years and thousands of posts at Jalopnik, writing about most of my formative cars… but never once did I write the story of the car that served me longest, gave me the most miles, endured the most engine swaps, and generally laid claim to a bigger piece of my heart than […]

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I put in four years and thousands of posts at Jalopnik, writing about most of my formative cars… but never once did I write the story of the car that served me longest, gave me the most miles, endured the most engine swaps, and generally laid claim to a bigger piece of my heart than […]

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Curbside Classic: What Car Was This Once? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/curbside-classic-contest-what-car-was-this-once/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/curbside-classic-contest-what-car-was-this-once/#comments Sun, 17 Jan 2010 01:15:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=342035 The Saab 99 wasn’t the only vehicle in its owner’s back-yard imaginarium, although it took me a bit before I realized what it was, and what it started its life out as. This cut-down vehicle with the park bench for a seat was a summer project who knows how many years ago, and was used […]

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The Saab 99 wasn’t the only vehicle in its owner’s back-yard imaginarium, although it took me a bit before I realized what it was, and what it started its life out as. This cut-down vehicle with the park bench for a seat was a summer project who knows how many years ago, and was used […]

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